Edward Barrett (English sportsman)

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Edward Barrett
Personal information
Born (1879-06-22)22 June 1879
Churt, Surrey, England
Died 10 July 1950(1950-07-10) (aged 71)
Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Not known
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1896–1925 Hampshire
1903–1920 MCC
1912 South of England
1912 Gentlemen of England
1912 Rest of England
First-class debut 13 August 1896 Hampshire v Warwickshire
Last First-class 25 July 1925 Hampshire v Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 86
Runs scored 3804
Batting average 32.23
100s/50s 6/20
Top score 215
Balls bowled 32
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/10
Catches/stumpings 36/0
Source: CricketArchive, 4 December 2007

Edward Ivo Medhurst Barrett, CIE (22 June 1879 – 10 July 1950) was an English Army officer, cricketer[1] and rugby union international.[2] A right-handed batsman[3] who was considered one of the finest and hardest hitters of his day,[4] he played first-class cricket for Hampshire, mainly between 1896 and 1912, with additional matches in 1920 and 1925.[5]

Cricket career[edit]

22 June 1879 in Churt, Surrey, England, Barrett made his debut for Hampshire in 1896, playing a County Championship match against Warwickshire. He also played against Essex and Leicestershire the same year. He played more matches in 1897 and 1898[5] before serving in the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1902[6] though he did return for a handful of matches in 1901.[5]

He returned to the Hampshire team in 1903, playing three matches that year,[5] but by then his career with the police force was beginning to affect his availability for Hampshire, even more so when he was posted in the far east, where he played cricket for the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States and was eventually made Commissioner of the Shanghai Municipal Police, where he played 14 matches for their cricket team over the years,[4] his last coming as late as 1927.[7]

In amongst his police career in the far east, he did still manage to play more for Hampshire, including a complete season in 1912, during which he also played for the MCC, the Gentlemen of England, the South of England and the Rest of England. Following that season, he did not play again for Hampshire in 1920, when he again played a full season, and returned for one final match against Worcestershire in 1925.[5] He died in 1950 following an accident.[6]

Rugby career[edit]

Barrett was injured during the war,[6] though this didn't stop him from appearing for the England national rugby union team in 1903, playing one match against Scotland in the Four Nations.[8]

Professional career[edit]

After officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Barrett was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers on 11 February 1899. He served with the 2nd Battalion of his regiment in the Second Boer War 1899-1902, including as part of the Ladysmith Relief Force, and was slightly wounded at the engagement at Venters Spruit on 20 January 1900, when he had to take the promotion to lieutenant, later confirmed to the same day.[9] In 1903 he was promoted to Captain, and in June 1903 was seconded as a Wing Officer to the Malay States Guides, a mostly Sikh regiment, stationed in Perak, in the Federated Malay States.[10] On 1 May 1907 he joined the Shanghai Municipal Police, as Assistant Superintendent of Police, heading the Sikh Branch for some years, before becoming Commissioner of Police in December 1925. On 1 October 1929 he was forced to resign after disputes about police effectiveness and reform.[11] Barrett was appointed a Companion of the Indian Empire in the 1919 Birthday Honours.[12]

Barrett died 10 July 1950 in Boscombe, Bournemouth.

External links[edit]

Edward Barrett
Full name Edward Ivo Medhurst Barrett
Date of birth 22 June 1879
Place of birth Churt, Frensham, Sy
Date of death 10 July 1950
Place of death Boscombe (aged 71 years 18 days)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre[2]
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1903[2]  England 1 ()


  1. ^ Cricinfo profile
  2. ^ a b c Edward Barrett Profile on scrum.com
  3. ^ CricketArchive profile
  4. ^ a b Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sports Books Publishing, 2007
  5. ^ a b c d e First-class matches played by Edward Barrett at CricketArchive
  6. ^ a b c Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1951, Obituaries in 1950
  7. ^ Other matches played by Edward Barrett at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Rugby Union Statistics from scrum.com
  9. ^ "No. 27165". The London Gazette. 16 February 1900. p. 1077. 
  10. ^ Who's Who in the Far East, June 1906–07 (Hong Kong, 1906), p. 15
  11. ^ Robert Bickers, Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (London: Allen Lane, 2003), p. 187.
  12. ^ The London Gazette, 30 May 1919, p. 7049